Last Sunday I went to to the horticultural society trading shed to renew my membership, and buy onion sets and seed potatoes. More on the latter in a forthcoming post.
Some people may have noticed that I’ve not mentioned the society or shed for some time. That’s because back during the summer there was what the chairman called some silliness, and what I considered to be unwarranted stupidity. I resigned as a committee member and shed helper as clearly matters weren’t going to change, and hadn’t been there since. I also didn’t go to either the Annual Show or the Christmas party.
Both Monday and Tuesday mornings were bright and sunny so I did some plotting. I pulled up the last of the pot marigolds and sunflowers. The latter I’ll add to compost heap, when I restart it, minus the roots which I’ve cut off and disposed of.
I also pruned the blackberry bush, including cutting out all the dead stems near to ground level. There are already signs of new growth on it. The grape vine was also pruned back, now being the ideal time to do it.
Excellent service from Home and Garden Centre, where seed postage is just a £1, as I ordered a packet each Tomato F1 Sweet N Neat Yellow and Cherry on Monday and received them the next morning. I also received the flower seeds that I’d ordered from Chiltern Seeds.
The weather looks like being mostly dry, but a touch colder, during the coming week so hopefully I’ll be able to do a bit more plotting, which at this time of year is most welcome.
Have a good week!
As I mentioned last Sunday I’ve just read Of Rhubarb and Roses - The Telegraph Book of the Garden edited by Tim Richardson.
This 450 page, slightly smaller than A4 size book is an anthology of gardening articles that have appeared in that newspaper over past years. They cover a fascinating range of subjects as diverse as How to dig by Fred Whitsey from 1981, through Topiary masterclass by Roy Strong which is undated to Secrets of the magic mollusc by Germaine Greer in 2012.
Unfortunately the articles are not listed and the two content pages only show the 18 sections that they’ve been divided into, which isn’t very helpful when looking for a specific article.
One other minor criticism is that the back outer dust cover shows a black and white photo of two young children carrying large celery stems but there is no caption giving any details about this delightful picture.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book which I’m sure I will take off the shelf fairly often to reread some the articles. It is, as the dust cover blurb says, the perfect book for an afternoon’s reading in a deckchair as the shadows lengthen across a newly mown lawn.
At £25 it may seem slightly expensive, especially as it has no drawings or pictures, but it’s a book that I would certainly have considered buying for myself had I not won a copy.
As to the title of this post they’re the last few words from the article Get cracking by Ursula Buchan in 2003 – then I will be proud to say that I am completely nutty.
Have a good weekend!
I’ve just finished reading Of Rhubarb and Roses – The Telegraph Book of the Garden – edited by Tim Richardson which I won in Karen’s Blog Giveaway, and will be doing a review post soon.
The last article in it was Spare a thought for the gardener during the coldest months by Ursula Buchan published on 15 January 2005. In it she writes…Mr Willis, my head gardener, told me that he reckoned the days started perceptibly to draw out on January 12 (which is today). He also told her that As the days lengthen, the cold strengthens.
So far this winter has been relatively mild so be warned, and be patient. Don’t be fooled into thinking that it’s okay to start planting and sowing.
Walking round the allotments on Thursday I noticed that the rhubarb has started to appear on a neighbour’s plot, which is way too early.
Despite being mostly mild it has, as you know, been very wet and rather windy at times. So much so that some of the plot has had the look of a chocolate blancmange about it.
I’ve also been browsing through the Chiltern Seeds catalogue. Among other things I’ve been looking for a couple of less common annual flowers that I’ve not grown before. I like the look of Omphalodes linifolia and Saponaria vaccaria, both of which are listed so I may well give them a try.
Have a good week!
to doing the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch sometime over the weekend Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th. I’ve done it for some years now, usually from home but also at the plot a couple of times when the weather has been good.
Typically I often end up seeing fewer birds than I usually do and have only once seen a bird that I’d not seen before, or indeed since, which was a male blackcap.
I know that other friends here, such as Karen, will be doing it as well. Let’s hope that we all have a good count and see lots of birds, including something less common.
Have a good weekend!
Since my recent Wishing everyone… post I’ve noticed that sheds have been mentioned in a few other recent blogs.
There is Something Funny in the Tool Shed is a post that new friend Chloris did last Wednesday. Her unusual blog name means Goddess Nymph of Flowers, and if you look at her blog you’ll see that’s very appropriate.
Jo didn’t have a shed on the plot that she’s just given up but there is one on her new plot. I had to smile at her comment What is it about men and sheds?
CJ has a picture in Sunset at the allotment, New Year’s Eve of her favourite shed, and I can see why she likes it so much.
My own shed is, as most of you know, a sentry box in which I keep most essential tools including two each forks and spades, hoe, rake, watering can and various other assorted items.
I have to confess that I do have a touch of shed envy at times.
I don’t have a greenhouse and think that a combination like this is a great idea.
The Readersheds.co.uk is the website to look at if you’re a sheddie. Perhaps you’ll even enter yours in the Shed of the year 2014 competition.
Have a good week!
[And E-what! was Friday's Sofa flying post.]
Thanks to everyone who commented on my Wishing everyone… post, and especially to the two people who’d not commented here before. Thanks also to those of you who sent me cards or e-cards, and a special mention to Alison, over in New Zealand, who not only sent me a card but also one of her lovely handmade journals, the cover of which shows various plants and flowers.
This morning I was pleased to receive the eagerly awaited Chiltern Seeds 2014 catalogue which I spend the next few days perusing before placing a small order, which will include at least one annual flower that I’ve not grown before.
I’ve no doubt that this year will be much the same on the plot as previous years, and consequently here on the blog as well, but it’s never quite the same thankfully. I don’t make New Year’s resolutions but I’m determined, as always, to do better than I did last year.
Happy New Year!
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This morning it’s calm, frosty and sunny so I took one last look round the plot for this year as I doubt if I’ll be there again until next year as the forecast for the next couple of days is yet more rain and wind.
Here’s the hawthorn tree,
one of the strawberry plants,
some crocosmia leaves
and a perennial cornflower.
Have a good week!
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And This was last week’s… was Friday’s Sofa flying post.